January 1976 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 42nd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #5 Michigan, 14-6
  • Jan 4 64th Men's Australian Open: Mark Edmondson beats John Newcombe (6-7, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1)
  • Jan 4 64th Women's Australian Open: Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Renata Tomanova (6-2, 6-2)
  • Jan 4 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Oakland Raiders 16-10
  • Jan 4 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat Los Angeles Rams 37-7

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 6 Ted Turner purchases Atlanta Braves for reported $12 million

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 Bryan Trottier failed in 4th Islander penalty shot

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Jan 14 Ted Turner becomes CEO of Atlanta Braves
  • Jan 18 Super Bowl X: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 21-17 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh, WR
  • Jan 20 29th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 7-5 at Philadelphia
  • Jan 23 Ian Redpath hits his only 2 sixes in Cricket Tests, v WI Adelaide
  • Jan 23 Wash Caps end 25 game winless streak (0-22-3) beat NY Rangers 7-5
  • Jan 24 Cleveland Cavaliers biggest margin victory-43 pts (beat Milwaukee 132-89)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 24 George Foreman KOs Ron Lyle in 5th round of a real slugfest

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • Jan 26 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 23-20
  • Jan 28 NBA Atlanta Hawks begin a 28 game road losing streak

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Caleb Wyatt, American motocross rider, born in Medford, Oregon
  • Jan 2 Hrysopiyi Devetzi, Greek triple jumper
  • Jan 2 Danilo Di Luca, Italian cyclist
  • Jan 2 Cletidus Hunt, American football player
  • Jan 3 Mendel Witzenhauser, soccer player (Ajax, VVV)
  • Jan 3 Angelos Basinas, Greek footballer
  • Jan 4 Benoît Joachim, Luxembourg cyclist
  • Jan 4 Ted Lilly, American baseball player
  • Jan 5 Diego Tristán, Spanish footballer
  • Jan 6 Jeremy Linn, American 100m breaststroke (Olympics-silver/gold-96)
  • Jan 6 Richard Zednik, Bystrica CZE, NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Wash)
  • Jan 7 Éric Gagné, Canadian baseball player
  • Jan 7 Alfonso Soriano, Dominican baseball player
  • Jan 8 Brad Snyder, Ontario, shot putter (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 8 Carl Pavano, American baseball player
  • Jan 9 Amy Safe, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 9 Radek Bonk, Koprivnice Cze, NHL center (Ottawa Senators, Team Czech)
  • Jan 10 Adam Kennedy, American baseball player
  • Jan 11 Efthimios Rentzias, Greek basketball player, born in Trikala, Greece
  • Jan 13 Gary Brent, cricketer (Zimbabwe ODI pace bowler 1996)
  • Jan 13 Vaclav Batlik, American canoeist (alt-Olympics-96), born in Costa Mesa, California
  • Jan 15 Corey Chavous, American football player
  • Jan 16 Viktor Maslov, Russian racing driver
  • Jan 18 Laurence Courtois, Kortrijk Belg, tennis star (1995 finalist Jakarta)
  • Jan 18 Vincent Polvliet, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • Jan 19 Sky Christopherson, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Jan 19 Tarso Marques, Brazilian racing driver
  • Jan 22 James Dearth, American football player
  • Jan 23 Byron Hanspard, NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jan 23 Phil Boudreault, Copper Cliff Ontario, boxer (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 23 Brandon Duckworth, American baseball player
  • Jan 24 Shae-Lynn Bourne, Canadian pairs skater (Bourne & Kraatz, 1994 World Champs-4th)
  • Jan 24 Cindy Pieters, Belgian cyclist
  • Jan 25 Tara Fleming, N York Ontario, LPGA golfer (1992 LPGA Corning-10th)
  • Jan 25 Mario Haberfeld, Brazilian racing car driver
  • Jan 26 Paul Byrne, Australian 800m ruuner (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 27 Haimish Karrasch, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 27 Mike Ferrier, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (FC Volendam, Salernitana)
  • Jan 27 Rhett Warrener, Shaunavon, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)
  • Jan 27 Ahn Jung-Hwan, Korean football player
  • Jan 28 Miltiadis Sapanis, Greek footballer
  • Jan 28 Mark Madsen, American basketball player
  • Jan 30 Florian Keller, Munchen GER, hockey player (Team Germany, Rosenheim)
  • Jan 31 Traianos Dellas, Greek footballer
  • Jan 31 Buddy Rice, American race car driver, born in Phoenix, Arizona

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 11 NBA player Pete Maravich (27) weds college sweetheart Jackie Elliser in Metairie, Louisiana

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 11 Mervyn Grell, cricketer (Test WI v England 1930, 21 & 13, 0-17), dies
  • Jan 17 Ad Verhoeven, soccer player (Xerxes/Sparta), dies in a car crash [or 1/18]
  • Jan 18 Ad Verhoeven, soccer player (Xerxes/Sparta), dies in a car crash [or 1/17]
  • Jan 30 Percy Tyson "Plum" Lewis, cricketer (pair in only Test for S Af), dies